THE NEW TODAY understands that a number of major promotions took place within the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) with effect from July 1.
A reliable source told this newspaper that the officers who were promoted were asked to make appearances in person at Monday’s weekly meeting of the Public Service Commission (PSC), headed by attorney-at-law Derek Sylvester.
According to the source, the PSC members were reluctant to grant the promotions without seeing first hand the persons whose names were submitted to the body for promotion by the Office of the Prime Minister.
When contacted to obtain the names of the promoted police officers, the Community Relations Department of the force was not forthcoming.
The female officer in charge of the department, ASP Rebecca Jones said she is not in a position to disclose this kind of information since it should come from the PSC itself.
Keisha Grant-Alexander, the Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister was said to be out of the country and Senator Winston Garraway, the Parliamentary Secretary for Information was reportedly attending a meeting and could not be reached for comment.
The Secretary to Cabinet Secretary Lana Mc Phail took our call and indicated that her boss informed her that she would return a call but up to the time of going to press, no call reached our News Desk.
THE NEW TODAY understands that four persons were appointed as full-fledged Superintends of Police such as Assistant Superintend of Police and Second in Command of the Drug Squad, Esau Pierre, as well ASP Osmand Griffith of the Coast Guard, and ASP Terrence Noel of the Special Services Unit (SSU) at Point Salines.
Two officers were promoted from the rank of Inspector to Assistant Superintendent of Police – Earl Dunbar of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and Randy Connaught, a former Immigration Officer who is now serving as the Aide to Governor-General, Dame Cecile La Grenade.
There were also a few promotions from Sergeants to the rank of Inspector – Ryan Hall of CID and Hudson Buckmire, an officer attached to the Radio Room at Police Headquarters at Fort George which during the days of the 1979-83 Grenada Revolution was renamed as Fort Rupert, after the father of slain Marxist leader, Maurice Bishop.
THE NEW TODAY was also informed that three Sergeants of Police who are attached to the Police Prosecution Department in the Eastern Division including Quintell Charles and Simon Douglas were promoted to Inspector of Police.
One member of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Sheldon Thomas is said to have been promoted from Sergeant to Inspector.
The lone female in the midst is Sergeant Maureen Stanisclaus who was promoted to Inspector – the same rank held by her husband, Doyle Stanisclaus.
The promotions come against the backdrop of calls made this week by the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the 16-month old Keith Mitchell-led administration in St. George’s to address the nation’s already massive wage bill.
No figures are immediately available on how much the monthly wage bill of the civil service will now increase by as a result of these latest promotions within the police force.
Speculation is rife that the Mitchell government might have been hard-pressed to avoid the promotions out of fear that some of the officers might have taken them to court to grant the promotions since most of them were successful in the last known exams held for promotion.
The exams were reportedly held during the reign of embattled Commissioner of Police, Willan Thompson
During the February 2013 general elections, it is believed that the vast majority of police officers voted in favour of the then opposition New National Party (NNP) of Dr. Mitchell to help dethrone the National Democratic Congress of Tillman Thomas.